Corona AwardThe Corona Award recognizes a distinguished lifetime of achievement in the exploration of space. Recognizing only the brightest of our nation's space explorers, The Corona takes its name from the outer atmosphere of the sun. Often referred to as the Sun's crown, the corona extends continuously into space, just as the influence of The Corona's recipient extends throughout the space community. The handcrafted crystal trophy depicts both the shining promise of tomorrow and vast mystery of a starry night. The Corona Award is made only when the RNASA Foundation feels that exceptional merit and opportunity require it. It has only been awarded three times in 25 years.
Dr. Robert GilruthThis year the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement has chosen to present The Corona, a special life time achievement award, to Dr. Robert Rowe Gilruth. Often referred to as the Father of Manned Spaceflight, Dr. Gilruth's entire life has been dedicated to the exploration of space. READ MORE
Capt. John Young, USN (Ret.)The Corona Award recognizes a distinguished lifetime of achievement in the exploration of space, a lifetime exemplified by the service of Captain John Young. John Young holds the longest active-duty tenure of any United States' spacefarer and probably is the most experienced space pilot in the world. READ MORE
Walter CronkiteWhen Walter Cronkite speaks, people listen. His sign-off line on the CBS Evening News — "And that's the way it is..." — became part of the American culture, largely because his viewers knew that it was so. Cronkite and credibility are synonymous. READ MORE